Cougar Revenger Mouse Review
Following on from the impressive Cougar Immersa Headset and the mightily impressive Cougar Deathfire EX Gaming Gear combo let’s now take a look at our last (well, last for a while) Cougar product. This time around we will be looking at one of Cougar’s latest Mice the Cougar Revenger.
The Cougar Revenger is a right handed ergonomic mouse with a PixArt PMW3360 optical sensor. The sensor has a maximum resolution of 12,000 DPI with a maximum Polling Rate of 1000Hz. In addition to this there are six programmable buttons with Profile support via the 512KB of on-board memory and Cougar’s UIX™ System software. The two main buttons feature OMRON switches and there’s also 16.8 million colour illumination too.
The Cougar Revenger arrived at pcG in a regular sized, predominately black box with a large image of the mouse on the front. Other than the brand, product name and the 16.8 million color and UIX logos Cougar have also chosen to highlight the following:
12000 DPI ULTRA-PRECISE OPTICAL GAMING SENSOR
32-BIT ARM PROCESSOR
TRIGGER BUTTON (PROGRAMMABLE)
6 PROGRAMMABLE BUTTONS
1000HZ POLLING RATE / 1MS RESPONSE TIME
MULTI-COLOR BACKLLIGHT SYSTEM (2 ZONE RGB)
The front of the box features a handy lift-up lid held in place by Velcro, lifting this lid allows you to not only see the Revenger mouse itself but also allows you to read some further information regarding the Revenger’s design and functionality.
On opening the box we find that the mouse and the contents are well packaged and nicely presented, although there’s not much in the box. Other than the mouse itself we find a basic User Manual and a Cougar sticker.
At the time of review the Cougar Revenger is available at Overclockers UK for approximately £45 and comes with a 1 year warranty.
courtesy of Cougar
First impressions of the Cougar Revenger are along the lines of: Hey, haven’t we seen something like this before from Cougar? Yes we have, in the form of the Cougar 550M that we took a look at back in November 2015. In fact the new Revenger is almost identical apart from the sensor and a few minor aesthetic changes here and there. Therefore what you read below, you may well have read before… 😉
Looking at the business side of this right-handed only mouse we can see that it’s actually quite busy, especially as there’s so many surfaces on offer. Up front we have the main DPI indicators consisting of three 16.8 million colour LEDs. Behind this we find the two black thumb buttons, that are actually quite well placed (although that front one’s still too far forward IMHO) for my bastardized Claw/Palm grip. Below this we have one of the main surfaces, this surface is for your thumb and it’s not rubber (although it looks like it), it’s actually just plastic (I think) with a indented honeycomb design. At the very back of the mouse (when looking from the side) we also get to see an additional plastic insert that was metallic orange on the 550, but not here which is a shame.
The right side of the mouse is dominated by the plastic honeycomb design. Both sides are effectively the same even down to the shape, the right side is just missing the DPI LED indicators and the two thumb buttons.
A lot of the design of the Cougar Revenger seems to be at the front as the styling is somewhat complicated yet aggressive at the same time! At the front we have the main scroll wheel, featuring a rubber tyre that’s housed within a black plastic frame. The wheel itself is great to rotate thanks to that rubberized grip, but the graduations are hardly palpable, which is a little bit of a shame. The cable for the mouse is attached to the left side of the mouse via a bullet type black connector, that’s somewhat unusual.
The back of the Cougar Revenger is far less complicated. Tucked in between the lower and upper section of the mouse Cougar have squeezed in an illuminating strip (16.8 million colours) that illuminates when the mouse is powered on. Above this we find the main Cougar logo that now on the Revenger also supports 16.8 million colour illumination.
Looking at the Cougar Revenger from above we can see a little more of its ergonomic (highly contoured) shape. As you can see this is a shape that’s likely to fit with most grip styles although I would say the mouse is quite large. From above we get a better view of that rubberized scroll wheel and its supporting frame. The most important and striking feature of the Revenger though is to be found behind that scroll wheel, and that’s the Trigger button. From the image above left it would look like any other DPI selection button that you would push, but oh no, this is very different! This button is a Real Trigger and you pull it back! At first this sounds a little weird, but you’d be surprised how well placed your index finger is to perform this operation. It’s quite stiff in operation though (maybe as it’s new), although this is no bad thing as you wouldn’t want to accidentally be changing DPI. We will have to see how I get on with this, but at this point I’m impressed and I like the idea!
Flipping the Revenger over we see that gone is the aluminium frame of the 700M (still one of my fav mice), replaced with a simple plastic one. The Revenger features three large glides two up front and one larger one at the back and in the centre we find that all important PixArt PMW3360 Optical gaming sensor.
|The Cougar Revenger was tested using our new Test Rig, a fresh installation of Windows 10 64Bit was installed along with all appropriate Drivers. No software is supplied with the Revenger but is required for full functionality. The software can be downloaded (here) and version V1.07 was installed and used throughout testing. Version V9 of the Firmware was installed prior to testing (via the software) and was again used throughout testing.|
The following Games were used during testing:
Once powered up the Cougar Revenger comes to life sporting its 16.8 million colour illumination with both the DPI indicators at the front and the rear of the mouse colour cycling. And good it looks too. A quick play with the UIX software allows me to set various other options and effects but you still only have control over the two (the three DPI indicators & rear of the mouse) main zones.
Lighting aside I found myself soon at home with the ergonomics of this right-handed only mouse. This is despite my somewhat bastardized claw/palm grip. The mouse is quite large though (but far from too large) and is also quite heavy, but I prefer that to a really light mouse myself. Despite it’s grippy (bad word) look the sides of the Revenger still aren’t as grippy as they might be, and I’m still unsure as to whether the sides are plastic or rubber!? They feel more like plastic to me due to the lack of grip, especially with dry hands. The Trigger button also deserves a special mention as while I like it, I still think it’s a little too stiff in operation for my liking, but it’s still just as good if not better than a single button. Overall there’s a lot to like about both the general aesthetics and ergonomics of this updated mouse from Cougar.
From a pure performance point of view the PixArt PMW3360 Optical gaming sensor aboard the Cougar Revenger performed extremely well. There was no sign of software or hardware interference and no sign of any lag or jitter. In game and especially in Battlefield 1 the sensor really proved its worth giving great accuracy with the rifles and sniper rifles allowing me to easily achieve those all important headshots.
The only thing I would say is that we just need to abouit these high sensitivity mice such as the Revenger, 12,000 DPI is, as far as I’m concerned a joke! Most of us Game at around 16,000 DPI or lower, if you’re a real gamer I suggest you push this closer to 800DPI as over time your accuracy will increase even further. Trust me… 😉
I have to confess I’m already a fan of Cougar’s UIX System software and have been using it for a while on my own personal machine. The fact that the software is unified (meaning: one piece of software covers all devices) is great, especially if you have more than one device. The software itself features three main tabs (Performance, Key Assignment and Lighting Control), all three can be seen above. The first tab Performance is where to come to play with your DPI settings, three DPIs are supported and you can select any value between 50 and 12000 DPI in increments of 100. You can also set a specific Sniper DPI value, that can then be bound to any of the six buttons. Here you can also adjust the Polling Rate (best left at 1000Hz), Angle Snapping (leave off), Lift Height (I set mine to high as I’m a bit of a Lifter!), Double Click Speed, Scroll Speed and Windows Pointer Speed. You can also Enable mouse acceleration if you want, but I wouldn’t if I were you… 😉 All of this of course is stored aboard the Revenger, courtesy of its on-board 512KB of memory.
The second tab is the Key Assignment tab, here’s where you come to do the (somewhat obvious) task of binding functionality to any of the six programmable buttons. You can bind functionality from three main sections (Basic, Advance & Macro). See Macro below…
The last of the three main tabs is the Lighting Control tab. As you can guess it’s here where you can configure the illumination of the two zones aboard the Revenger. Both zones (DPI indicators and the rear of the mouse) support independent 16.8 million colour illumination as well as the following modes (Breathing, Fully Lighted & Off).
The last couple of sections we’ll take a look at is the Macros section and Game Profile Management section. Both sections speak for themselves, but the Macros section is where you can come to record your Macros. I’ve recorded a simple macro for grenade throw (called My Macro) with a fixed Delay time of 40ms, note the fact that I could record both mouse and keyboard controls. Macros can be edited here and commands inserted if needed.
Finally let’s have a quick look at the Profile Management screen where you can go and configure all of your Profiles, assuming that you want more than the three provided. You can also create your Profiles (Modes) here, assign images to those Modes and bind executables (Games) also. As you can see I’ve created a Fallout 4 Profile.
Overall I’m really impressed with Cougar’s UIX System software I looks great (ok I know what you’re thinking it’s orange right!) and contains pretty much all of the functionality any Gamer would want and it’s easy to use. I don’t think I need to say much more than that…
Yet again Cougar have produced another great peripheral in the Cougar Revenger. It looks good thanks to its 16.8 million colour illumination, it’s comfortable as long as you’re a right handed Gamer and it’s got razor sharp precision thanks to that PixArt PMW3360 Optical gaming sensor.
The Cougar Revenger arrived at pcG in a small black box that contained not much more than the mouse, a user manual and a sticker. But that’s all a Gamer needs right, well yes and the software that needs to be downloaded from here! Once out of the box and in the hand it’s soon apparent that the Cougar Revenger is a updated version of the Cougar 550M (which is no bad thing). This right-handed only mouse is similar in style to the old Microsoft mouse of many years ago and is therefore likely to appeal to many. But the most important feature of the Cougar Revenger is not its shape, or perhaps not its dual zone 16.8 million colour illumination! It’s that Trigger button found in the centre of the mouse. Not only is this not really a button as, as the name suggests it’s actually activated by pulling it backwards and it works surprisingly well, although it is a little stiff in operation.
Once plugged in of course you get to admire the Cougar Revenger that little bit more thanks to that dual zone 16.8 million colour illumination. It’s now been updated beyond the 550M’s design as now the Cougar logo itself also illuminates. But gone is the metallic orange frame that helped to give the 550M an aesthetic edge over the Revenger.
From a pure performance point of view the PixArt PMW3360 Optical gaming sensor performed extremely well. In fact I’ve seen (felt) this sensor before aboard the Platinum award winning SteelSeries Rival 700, so I already know just how good this sensor is. In Game the tracking was spot on especially when playing Battlefield 1, although I have to admit to not going anywhere near the maximum (crazy in my mind) resolution of 12,000 DPI. All Gaming was done at or below 1,600 DPI in fact.
So the mouse looks good and has got some nice features and the mouse tracks extremely well, but what about the software? Well this area is often overlooked by manufacturers, and we find some pretty poor examples of software when we look back at Gaming Mice in general. But thankfully here, the opposite is true! The Cougar UIX System software is simply brilliant as far as I’m concerned and shows that someone somewhere (inside of Cougar one assumes!) really cares about this aspect of their products. Not only does it look good, but it’s also easy to use; but what’s even nicer is that the Driver is Unified; meaning that if you were to add another Cougar device it would simply embed itself into the same software, nice! 😉
Overall there’s a lot to like about the new Cougar Revenger, although it is really a re-hash of the original Cougar 550M, that was already a good Gaming Mouse. Here we have a better sensor though and it does feel a little better in Game. But the orange accents have gone, which is a shame IMHO, but then again I rather like orange so…
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Many thanks to Cougar for providing this sample for review